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  • COVID-19 no longer a ‘socially critical disease’ in Denmark, health minister says

    Move echoes wider trend in EU countries to treat Omicron as an endemic disease.

    COVID-19 no longer a ‘socially critical disease’ in Denmark, health minister says
    Move echoes wider trend in EU countries to treat Omicron as an endemic disease.

    Denmark will no longer categorize COVID-19 as a “socially critical disease” as of February 1, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke wrote in a letter to the parliament’s epidemiology committee.

    Based on the recommendations of the parliament’s epidemiology committee, the government is ready to scrap almost all social restrictions by the end of the month. The “rules will lapse when the illness will no longer be categorized as ‘socially critical’ on 1 February 2022,” Heunicke wrote in the letter.

    This announcement comes as a new subvariant of Omicron, BA.2, is gaining a foothold in Denmark, accounting for almost half of reported cases. Other countries such as Norway, the U.K. and Sweden are also experiencing a similar increase of the subvariant, but not to the same level as Denmark.

    Although the arrival of Omicron BA.2 has caused a renewed surge in infections — making Denmark the EU country with the highest incidence of coronavirus — its health authorities say that hasn’t caused any increase in hospitalizations.

    The classification of a disease as “socially critical” means that the government can introduce far-reaching measures such as shutting businesses and making mask-wearing mandatory.

    This echoes a wider trend in EU countries to treat Omicron as an endemic disease, circulating freely but posing less of a threat to societies. Although Omicron is less dangerous than the earlier Delta strain, some health experts adopt a more cautious line, arguing that the focus should be on suppressing the virus, rather than living with it.

    Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is expected to hold a press conference later Wednesday to confirm the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the country.

  • Japan's COVID-19 Strategy, Focused on Warnings Rather Than Mandates, Points the Way Forward

    The country, which has a much lower fatality rate than the U.S., eschewed lockdowns in favor of information.

    Japan's COVID-19 Strategy, Focused on Warnings Rather Than Mandates, Points the Way Forward -

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people with different policy preferences (including me!) have played a game that goes like this: Look at a jurisdiction where the government adopted either relatively strict or relatively loose mitigation measures, then present its experience as evidence that you were right all along. Given that more rigorous comparisons of places with different policies have reached conflicting conclusions, such cherry picking remains tempting, despite its obvious drawbacks.

    With that caveat in mind, Japanese virologist Hitoshi Oshitani's analysis of his country's response to the pandemic is intriguing, not least because it offers some useful tips for dealing with the coronavirus as an endemic disease rather than a public health emergency that dominates politics and daily life. Writing in The New York Times, Oshitani argues that "an effective, science-based message has helped Japan keep deaths lower compared to the numbers in peer countries and could be an example of how to move forward in a world where Covid-19 will always be with us."

    By the end of February 2020, Oshitani says, he and his colleagues recognized three important facts about COVID-19 that were clearly relevant for policy makers weighing the costs of various disease control measures against their likely benefits. First, "the coronavirus was being spread by people who were asymptomatic or hadn't developed symptoms yet." Second, it seemed likely that "aerosols—tiny infectious particles or droplets suspended in the air—were playing a role in how the coronavirus was spreading." Third, retrospective contact tracing, which aims to figure out how a confirmed carrier was infected, indicated that "the coronavirus was being spread predominantly by small numbers of infected individuals who then go on to seed super-spreading events."

    Based on an investigation of clusters in Japan, Oshitani and several other researchers reported in April 2020, "it is plausible that closed environments contribute to secondary transmission of COVID-19 and promote superspreading events." Oshitani notes that "more data from public health centers in Japan confirmed that most Covid-19 clusters occurred in close-contact indoor settings, such as dinners, night clubs, karaoke bars, live music venues and gyms."

    While all this "has become common knowledge now," Oshitani says, it informed public policy in Japan from the beginning. At a time when most countries and all but a few U.S. states were imposing broad lockdowns that closed schools and "nonessential" businesses, restricted social interactions, and forbade a wide range of activities, including many that entailed little risk of virus transmission, Japan took a less draconian, more targeted approach.

    If COVID-19 "was being spread by aerosols and people could spread the virus before they developed any symptoms," Oshitani writes, "it meant that Covid-19 was largely invisible and would be extremely challenging to eliminate." Since "a strategy of containment would be too difficult," he says, "Japan needed to figure out an approach to living with Covid-19." The result was a public information campaign that emphasized the importance of avoiding "the three C's": closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings. "The Japanese government shared this advice with the public in early March [2020]," Oshitani says, "and it became omnipresent."

    What did following the government's advice mean in practice? That depended on "individual circumstances and risk tolerance," Oshitani says. "Some people may be able to stay home. Others may remain silent on crowded trains as they commute to work to avoid spread. Some people may dine out but avoid sitting immediately across from one another. Most people are likely to continue to mask."

    Oshitani notes that social pressures may have played an important role in encouraging such safeguards even by people who otherwise were not inclined to follow them. "Japan has a tendency toward adherence and responding to powerful peer pressure," he writes. "Not everyone may agree with preventive measures, but many are reluctant to face the disapproval of their friends and neighbors."

    But contrary to the conventional wisdom in most other developed countries, Oshitani says, "drastic measures, such as lockdowns, were never taken because the goal was always to find ways to live with Covid-19." He adds that Japanese law "does not allow for lockdowns, so the country could not have declared them even if we had thought them necessary."

    How did that work out? "Broadly speaking," Oshitani says, "Japan has weathered Covid-19 well." If anything, that is an understatement. According to Worldometer's numbers, Japan has seen 147 COVID-19 deaths per 1 million people. The rate for the United States is 18 times as high. The U.S. currently ranks 19th on Worldometer's list of countries by COVID-19 fatality rates, while Japan is 154th. Even U.S. states that imposed lockdowns early and often, such as California and New York, have much higher fatality rates (about 2,000 and 3,300 per million, respectively) than Japan.

    Japan is currently experiencing the same omicron surge that other countries have seen. Newly reported cases have exploded since early January. But as in other countries, the increase in daily deaths has been much more modest, thanks to vaccination, naturally acquired immunity, and the relatively mild symptoms this highly contagious variant tends to cause.

    Oshitani, who describes the "three C's" campaign as his brainchild, may be especially inclined to credit that policy for his country's low fatality rate. He notes that Japan did impose "some travel restrictions for residents" and "has prohibited foreign tourists from entering the country." Schools were closed in the spring of 2020, although without any measurable effect on virus transmission, and Japan has imposed restrictions on large gatherings. The country also has a relatively high vaccination rate: 79 percent of the population has received at least two doses, compared to 63 percent of Americans.

    Nor should the "tendency toward adherence and responding to powerful peer pressure" that Oshitani mentions be discounted. While Americans responded to COVID-19 by sharply curtailing their outings even before they were legally required to do so, lockdowns may have had an additional effect. Given cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan, it is not clear how a strategy focused on warnings rather than mandates would have played out here. And as Oshitani notes, voluntary precautions, even without lockdowns, have a serious economic impact, so it would be a mistake to attribute all the hardships that U.S. businesses have experienced to government policy.

    Some countries with much stricter COVID-19 policies, such as Australia, China, and New Zealand, have even lower fatality rates than Japan, while others, such as the U.K. and France, have fared much worse. The most we can safely say based on such simple comparisons is that neither lockdowns nor less invasive policies are consistently associated with death rates. And as I mentioned, more sophisticated attempts to measure the impact of lockdowns have reached divergent conclusions, ranging from large public health benefits to no significant effect.

    While that debate will no doubt continue, we are, thankfully, beyond lockdowns now. As The New York Times noted yesterday, even Democratic politicians like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who imposed some of the country's most sweeping and arbitrary mitigation measures earlier in the pandemic, did not breathe a word about reviving that approach in the face of the omicron wave. The strategy that Oshitani describes, focused on giving people the information they need to make their own decisions about which safeguards are sensible and which risks are tolerable, points the way forward.

  • The major activity of the magician is still the sockpuppeting.

  • UAMS Breakthrough: SARS-CoV-2 Ability to Mutate Limited

    UAMS Breakthrough: SARS-CoV-2 Ability to Mutate Limited!
    Can the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen continue to mutate, spawning dangerous variants of concern one after another, or does this virus have any constraints or

    Can the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen continue to mutate, spawning dangerous variants of concern one after another, or does this virus have any constraints or limitations to its mutations? According to one research team working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, in fact, has limitations, thus benefiting biopharma ventures developing therapies and vaccines in response.

    But why did this team of scientists come to this conclusion? What did they study to make this claim? David Ussery, Ph.D., and a multinational team tapped into large databases storing sequences SARS-CoV-2 genomes demonstrated the limited genetic range for new mutations, recently published in FEMS Microbiology Reviews, reports David Robinson writing for UAMS News.

    A brief TrialSite breakdown for rapid consumption.

    What databases did the team tap into to study coronavirus genomes?

    GenBank and Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID)

    What did the team use to analyze all that data?

    The UAMS high-performance supercomputer called GRACE.

    Where did the funding come from?

    The infrastructure needed to support such an endeavor was supported by an Arkansas-state-wide $24 million grant funded by the Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Program.

    Also, the study was supported in part by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, grant 1P20GM121293.

    UAMS Translational Research Institute, which is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Clinical and Translational Science Award UL1 TR003107

    NSF Award (No. OIA-1946391), and with funding from the Arkansas Research Alliance.

    What did they find?

    Overall, the pathogen is “pretty stable, and it is not changing that much,” reports Ussery who also declared, “It’s somewhat restricted. That’s good news for designing drugs that can fight it effectively.”

    Ussery explained that rather than “…producing millions of different epitopes that need to be theoretically anticipated during vaccine development, we may now be able to predict a very limited subset of probable epitopes.”

    How does this study break new ground?

    The study lead indicated that this study now helps “…people see the big picture with a systematic look at the virus’ genomics” based on the millions of genomes studied, affording their ability “…to tease out the variance within different lineages that are causing outbreaks like delta and omicron.”

    What other value did this team bring?

    UAMS’ Robinson reports that the research team was also able to identify numerous incomplete or erroneous sequences housed in the databases.

    About UAMS

    UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprises. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose, and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement, and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, the VA Medical Center, and Baptist Health

    Lead Research/Investigator

    David Ussery, Ph.D., professor and director of the Arkansas Center for Genomic Epidemiology & Medicine, UAMS; Ussery, who holds the Helen Adams & Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) Endowed Chair in Biomedical Informatics, said the analysis was inspired by “Ebolavirus Comparative Genomics,” published in 2015 by an international team that included all four authors of the COVID-19 paper. The Ebola publication earned a FEMS Microbiology Reviews Editor’s Choice Award.

    Trudy Wassenaar, Ph.D., (first author) director of Molecular Microbiology and Genomics Consultants, Zotzenheim, Germany

    Visanu Wanchai, Ph.D., currently a post-doctoral fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics, UAMS College of Medicine

    Gregory Buzard, Ph.D., microbiologist (retired from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Call to Action: Read their peer-reviewed findings here.

    first three waves of the Covid-19 pandemic hint at a limited genetic repertoire for SARS-CoV-2
    Abstract. The genomic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 is the result of a relatively low level of spontaneous mutations introduced during viral replication. With million

    UAMS Research Team Finds COVID-19 Has Mutation Limits
    A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team has found that while the coronavirus can create dangerous variants like delta and omicron,…

  • COVID-19 no longer a ‘socially critical disease’ in Denmark, health minister says

    At least one left over with a clear mind. The German state terror journals - FAZ, Spiegel still post fear and no end fake news...…ba-45ac-90ef-32c6420f1803 (pay wall)

    Here (CH) we are stable at the top end of the cases with 15% more tests - so a bit lower over all. Positive rate > 40% ==> 1/4 of Switzerland is infected...

    But ICU goes further down as the share of Delta goes down. (6% two weeks ago so still about 2000 Delta cases at that time) Omicron causes almost 0=zero ICU so no more people added to ICU.

    As said within 6 weeks even the dumbest nation will grasp it... It's end of pandemic.

  • A LETTER TO MY DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN…democratic-congresswoman/.

    by Goodkin

    Dear Congresswoman

    I’m a retired cardiologist who practiced in and lives in your district. I voted straight Democrat in the last election, but I am concerned that the party will suffer tremendous harm by following Dr. Fauci and the current public health responses to the pandemic.

    Moves to impose vaccine mandates are causing harm to the Democrat Party. Such actions represent a tremendous overreach of power. People sense a form of totalitarianism and despise it. The mandates make no sense medically. Most Americans are against them. They do not consider that those previously infected, 50% of the US population, have natural immunity because of the previous infection and have little to nothing to gain from being vaccinated, yet face the risk of vaccine side effects.

    Last week the CDC finally admitted that since the emergence of the delta variant of concern, immunity induced by prior infection looks as good if not superior to vaccine-induced immunity. People are outraged by how elected officials and entrenched bureaucrats, often members of the Democratic Party, threaten hard-working folks’ jobs—their very livelihood if they do not succumb to vaccination. This is the case despite natural immunity.

    Even if 100% of Americans were vaccinated, I argue here they would continue infecting each other because the vaccines don’t prevent infection or spread very well. I remind you that using mass vaccination to achieve herd immunity was very much an impetus for this form of public health program. It wasn’t until after delta and mass breakthrough infections emerged that Dr. Fauci and many others in public health pivoted to declare a reduction in hospitalization and death was the main goal. Rather than talk straight with the American public Dr. Fauci and various cohorts in government continuously adjusted their messaging to reinforce their position—a trait powerful bureaucrats have learned to perfect to gain power in government agencies. They never admit they are wrong and show little humility, but rather hubris.

    President Biden needs solid advisers around him so he can cut his losses. Pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated is not only unethical and wrong it’s also just plain stupid. Alienating about a quarter of the population who will not take the vaccine by casting them as villains is not a recipe to get votes. Let’s not forget the sizable population that has been vaccinated yet also feel terribly concerned about the government overreach!

    While there is no substantive proof of vaccine safety issues, common folk to many scientists and medical professionals worry about some troubling data. Insurance companies are reporting a 40% increase in all-cause mortality in those 18-64 years old in 2021.

    Many scientists are concerned about the toxicity of the vaccines caused by the spike protein and lipid nanoparticles. Yes of course no new drugs or vaccines are perfect, and the COVID-19 crop has real potential with time and investment.

    However, the Vaccine Adverse Event Recording System(VAERS) has 900,000 reports of vaccine-induced injury and only a small percentage of the adverse events are included—the data set is notoriously underreported. 1/26 in JAMA the VAERS data was reported as showing a surprisingly high incidence of myocarditis in young people. The patients were very symptomatic. In my opinion this represents the tip of the iceberg as myocarditis can often be asymptomatic. The long-term consequences of congestive heart failure and serious arrhythmias are unpredictable. There are already far more sudden deaths in young athletes than usual.

    Far more troubling is what is being alleged by three whistleblower military physicians using the Defense Medical Surveillance System who came up with frightening data showing huge increases in diagnosis codes for many medical problems in 2021. While such claims of course must be verified these, and other material allegations can’t just be ignored—doing so is at the peril of losing the vote.

    Aside from the spike in miscarriage diagnoses (ICD code O03 for spontaneous abortions), there was an almost 300% increase in cancer diagnoses (from a five-year average of 38,700 per year to 114,645 in the first 11 months of 2021). There was also a 1,000% increase in diagnosis codes for neurological issues, which increased from a baseline average of 82,000 to 863,000!

    Some other numbers he did not mention at the hearing but gave to me in the interview are the following:

    Myocardial infarction –269% increase

    Bell’s palsy – 291% increase

    Congenital malformations (for children of military personnel) – 156% increase

    Female infertility – 471% increase

    Pulmonary embolisms – 467% increase

    In my opinion the governmental healthcare agencies purposefully prevented Americans from accessing existing drugs(repurposed) to treat early COVID because, I believe, successful intervention would have caused vaccine hesitancy.

    Until August 2021 the only repurposed drug the NIH had studied was hydroxychloroquine which they gave to hospitalized patients where they knew it would not work. They have a $42 billion budget but spend by far the vast majority of their efforts and money on designer biopharmaceuticals instead of generic and over the counter drugs which have no one to fund studies.

    NIH is actively negotiating with Moderna to get their vaccine patent and has a major conflict of interest. Below is information on generic and over-the-counter drugs which show potential benefit for early COVID-19 treatment intervention, but which NIH, FDA, and others in government have done their best to keep Americans from getting by failing to study them, ignoring really promising data and even actively sabotaging them.

    Let’s take Fluvoxamine, a generic SSRI as an example. At $1 a day this drug shows significant promise. For example, in 1497 patients in the TOGETHER trial in those who completed the trial, lowered admissions 32% and mortality 91%. The study was stopped because the obvious benefit made it unethical to continue.

    The results were announced 8/6, It was published in The Lancet Global Health 10/27. Dr. David Boulware filed an emergency use authorization 12/21 which still has not been acted upon. Right now, the only other drugs which might have significant benefit for omicron are Paxlovid, molnupiravir and sotrovamab. They are almost impossible to get. Fluvoxamine has good data, is cheap, safe, and immediately available. In late 2021 monthly prescriptions rose from 105,000 to 130,000 indicating that some physicians are using it for COVID but with 750,000 new COVID cases a day and little else available for therapy, those numbers are far too low. The Wall Street Journal wrote an opinion piece 12/28 critical of NIH for not getting fluvoxamine to patients. Meanwhile, in December Merck’s molnupiravir($700), which is potentially dangerous, had similar data to fluvoxamine but quickly got emergency use authorization.

    Ivermectin suggested significant benefits by the summer of 2020. In fact, to the credit of the NIH they did meet with physicians/researchers looking into the therapy at the start of 2021. In fact, after that meeting the NIH changed their COVID guidelines from recommending ONLY for clinical trials to a neutral stance—declaring more data was needed but taking away the stronger recommendation. Yet below I suggest they served to delay formal government-backed investigation.

    By fall 2020 there was evidence of great benefit in the 240 million people of Uttar Pradesh, India. Meanwhile NIH had eliminated hydroxychloroquine from contention, many think incorrectly by using it mainly in hospitalized patients. Ask Yale’s Dr. Harvey Risch. It’s the most used drug for COVID in the world. We had nothing else. Dr. Pierre Kory presented to the senate about ivermectin’s benefit 12/8/20. What possible reason was there for NIH to delay doing a randomized trial of ivermectin until August 2021? Then NIH’s ACTIV-6 trial gave patients a lower dose of ivermectin than in the Together trial in which ivermectin had shown borderline benefit. Later they were told that for delta, ivermectin needed a dose 2-3 times higher than what they were using but they failed to change anything. It looks bad.

    The FDA has attacked ivermectin as a “horse dewormer” even though it’s a drug for humans too, and 3.7 billion doses have been safely administered for parasites: the drug’s inventors won a Nobel prize. The FDA working indirectly by sending ominous letters to physicians’ and pharmacy associations and societies, has managed to get pharmacists to not stock or sell it even though there is no evidence of toxicity from drugstore sold ivermectin.

    Of course, it is true that ingestion of too much animal ivermectin can make you sick. If ivermectin were available from pharmacies, few people would use animal ivermectin. The idea that pharmacists are protecting the public is ludicrous. Let’s not forget the ongoing opioid epidemic and the industry, health system and government complicity: they sold as much oxycontin to people as they could get away with.

    Ivermectin prophylaxis in Itajai, Brazil In a town of 230,000, 160,000 were randomized to ivermectin 0.2 mg/kg for two days every 15 days. Those who got ivermectin had 44% fewer cases, 56% fewer admissions and 70% fewer deaths.

    If the unvaccinated had gotten ivermectin prophylaxis and been treated with repurposed drugs if they got sick, they would have had far fewer problems, possibly less than the vaccinated.

    Very shortly a randomized trial of famotidine(over the counter pepcid) will be published showing great benefit. It blocks H2 receptors on mast cells which normally are involved with allergy. It appears likely that mast cells initiate cytokine storms. Two mast cell experts have noted that their mast cell patients, all on H1 and H2 blockers, never get very sick if they get COVID. NIH knew that it was effective in 2020 and didn’t sponsor a large trial. Had they done the large trial that they should have done long ago, Americans and those all over the world could have bought it over the counter and markedly lessened their illness.

    The efficacy of existing vaccines fades over time. They don’t prevent infection or transmission very well and can’t possibly lead to herd immunity. The way to get to herd immunity is to let everyone except those at high risk get infected and treat them with some combination of fluvoxamine, famotidine, ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine paxlovid and sotrovamab. The country would be full of people who didn’t get very sick with their COVID and now have great natural immunity. If they get COVID again it will be milder, and they would get treated with medications again. Of course, the drug companies would hate that and would love the standard of care to be a vaccine every 4 months for life. Based on the military DMSS data it would be catastrophic, but it will not stop Dr. Fauci from pushing for it.

    That Fauci et al. have assumed they could get away with corruption on such a massive scale is hard to imagine for me and so many of my colleagues, friends and family members that openly discuss this matter.

    That they have succeeded so far is frightening. So far Democrats have turned a blind eye but luckily have been saved by the press failing to report on the obvious governmental health care agency mismanagement and corruption, but their luck is going to run out because the truth always emerges. The evidence against Dr. Fauci et al. is rapidly mounting and already is irrefutable. Republicans are going to get to the bottom of the biggest corruption the world has ever seen. Republican candidates this year will be loaded up with the facts about the governmental healthcare agency corruption and mismanagement involving COVID which was backed by Democrats. They will cram it down the throats of their Democratic opponents. It will be impossible to defend. Your Republican opponent this year will be relentless in raising these issues for the constituents to ponder.

    If Democrats lose control of the house and senate in the midterm elections as now seems likely, the Republicans are going to have congressional hearings which you will not be able to prevent. There will be months of humiliation of Fauci, Walensky, Woodcock and many others over their obvious lying and deception and associated incompetence. This will be on display for the whole country—a spectacle. They will see how our government health care agencies sold Americans and the rest of the world down the river to help big pharma and big tech pillage the planet for money and power.

    The Republicans, assuming they aren’t bought out as well, will work to showcase the incestuous relationship between the governmental healthcare agencies and drug companies. On display: the unethical and potentially illegal activities that the government undertook to get all Americans vaccinated.

    Why would the government go into overdrive to stop access to economical repurposed drugs with well-known safety profiles? Why get in the way of the physician and patient relationship? Why federalize healthcare when it comes to COVID? What were the costs in terms of human life? What about taxpayer allocation to the entire COVID-19 response? What’s the true performance of the vaccines? Have overreaching health monopolies been granted by the government at our expense? Have regulatory agencies such as the FDA been thoroughly captured by industry? Why was the usually acceptable use of repurposed therapies, assuming a licensed physician and consenting patient, tossed aside during this deadly pandemic. All these serious questions, I expect, will be put on the table during campaign season.

    If Democrats want to save Americans and themselves, they must transcend their current impotence, incapacity, and subjugation to the toxic union of centralizing industry and over-bearing governing interests—and the accompanying addiction to money, control, and power. Now is the time for recognizing shameful wrongs, with humility, followed by an expeditious repositioning to clean up the catastrophe that undoubtedly will be blamed on Democrats. There is too much data pointing to regulatory capture and enormous bias, even endemic corruption and the Republicans are already seizing the moment to usurp your power. If you don’t act soon, you may never recover: the Democratic Party may be tainted for a decade, perhaps even irreparably harmed


    Noninvasive cardiologist involved in treating general cardiology patients. Retired as of 4/1/16. Treated the first reported case of successful use of lipids to treat drug overdose. Published in The Annals of Emergency Medicine. Specialties: Philadelphia area expert in postural orthostatic tachycardia and orthostatic intolerance. Use state of the art medications and surgical referral when appropriate. Newly discovered marked benefit of cranial osteopathy in the diagnosis and treatment.

  • Revolution in Canada?

    After relatively little activity in Canada, lots of people are finally waking up. Today trucks from the Greater Toronto Area joined the record breaking convoy heading for Ottawa.

    On Saturday I was at a downtown Toronto Freedom March which lasted about four hours. I'm sure there was over 5,000 people. Largest one yet. Lots of honks of approval from cars and trucks that we passed.

    Speaking of waking up, here's a quote from a Scottish author, from 1841. Ironically it is on the NIH website.

    Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one. Charles Mackay, L.L.D.

    The wisdom, and madness, of crowds
    A 19th-century Scottish poet has a message for our times.

  • An embalmer of two decades reports that starting around the Covid injections, he has increasingly had to extract anomalous, rubbery, white fibrous long clots from his subjects in order to properly pump in the embalming solution. It looks like some people are producing what may be fibrin along length of their veins and even arteries. Over half of the bodies he has treated lately have the condition to one degree or another. Not good.

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  • An embalmer of two decades reports that starting around the Covid injections, he has increasingly had to extract anomalous, rubbery, white fibrous long clots from his subjects in order to properly pump in the embalming solution. It looks like some people are producing what may be fibrin along length of their veins and even arteries. Over half of the bodies he has treated lately have the condition to one degree or another. Not good.…illed-with-never-bef.html

    Just to note the classic antivaxxer misdirection here: with scary rather yukky stuff out of Alien.

    Whether this embalmer is really seeing more white fibrous clots than normal I would not want to judge, but if he were, the obvious reason would be the upsurge in COVID cases. As we know, COVID has now one way or another infected mots of the world's population. We know that it permeates the body and produces both unusual bleeding of blood vessels and blood clotrs.

    Only an antivaxxer would see these (if you believe this guy) horrific results of COVID as being due to vaccines.

    Mark U - you are busted.

  • Omicron's Fall Has Plateaued in UK What Should We Do Now?

    BBC report on Omicron in UK and why numbers are not going down faster after the peak.

    The Omicron variant and vaccinations have changed the game.

    Omicron is too infectious for lockdowns to be effective but vaccinations and new treatments, such as Paxlovid mean the burden on the health service can be managed as similar to a bad flu season.

    This is now being acknowledged by even the strongest advocates of lockdowns.

    So as some here are saying, lockdowns are no longer useful.

    However, for those saying the pandemic is now "over" I would say that may be true in some parts of the world but in many other parts that do not have the access to medical treatments that the USA and Europe have then Covid is still a significant threat and there remains the likelyhood of further variants arising.

    Covid cases have been falling in the UK since early January - but that decline has now come to a halt.

    For more than a week, the daily number of positive tests being reported has been averaging just above 90,000. That's well above the peak of last winter. But how concerning is this?

    As people have returned to work and school, contacts will have increased, giving the virus more opportunity to spread. Particularly high levels are now being detected in children and this seems to be translating to an increase in cases in their parents' age group.

    Another factor that will come into play is waning immunity - by 10 weeks that initial protection against infection has started to wane quite significantly. Cases are now going to "stay high until the spring" and continue to disrupt our daily lives, Zoe Covid symptom-tracking app lead scientist Prof Tim Spector believes.

    The good news, Prof Spector says, is most infections in the vaccinated are "mild", which should keep the numbers ending up in hospital and dying low. That's because while protection against infection wanes, protection against serious illness is much more durable.

    It explains why there has been a huge drop in the death rate. And, even with such high levels of Covid in recent weeks, deaths appear to have peaked at a level - a bit below 300 a day - similar to that seen during a bad flu season.

    Prof Colbourn says short of a stringent lockdown it is going to be hard to stop the virus spreading now. "Those calling for continued suppression are not thinking it through," he says. "Countries trying this have still seen cases go up - Omicron is just too infectious."

    France, with its stringent vaccine requirements to enter bars and restaurants, and Spain, with its strict mask mandates - which apply outdoors and to pupils aged six and over in schools - have both seen cases rise higher than in the UK.

    The Netherlands has as well - despite imposing some of the toughest restrictions in Europe by closing hospitality settings, including bars, restaurants and museums, from mid-December until this week.

    And this combination of the virus becoming almost unstoppable but also less severe means even those who once advocated a Zero-Covid approach, such as Edinburgh University's Prof Devi Sridhar, accept it is time to change tactics.

  • Just to note the classic antivaxxer misdirection here: with scary rather yukky stuff out of Alien.

    Whether this embalmer is really seeing more white fibrous clots than normal I would not want to judge, but if he were, the obvious reason would be the upsurge in COVID cases. As we know, COVID has now one way or another infected mots of the world's population. We know that it permeates the body and produces both unusual bleeding of blood vessels and blood clotrs.

    Only an antivaxxer would see these (if you believe this guy) horrific results of COVID as being due to vaccines.

    Mark U - you are busted.

    But I thought it was Fauci and the Covid mafia that were spreading the scary propaganda to use fear to control people.

    Looks like both sides are at it.


  • Sweden: No COVID Vaccines for Children Under 12 years

    Sweden: No COVID Vaccines for Children Under 12 years
    The risks of vaccinating young children against COVID outweigh the benefits, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden. "With the knowledge we have

    The risks of vaccinating young children against COVID outweigh the benefits, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

    “With the knowledge we have today, with a low risk for serious disease for kids, we don’t see any clear benefit with vaccinating them,” Health Agency official Britta Bjorkholm told a news conference on Thursday.

    Risk of Vaccine Injury Exceeds Benefits for Children

    Vaccinating children against COVID has been a controversial subject since the onset of the pandemic. Studies have shown children are far less susceptible to infection or serious illness from COVID than older people, with increased age closely correlated to bad outcomes.

    While young children have shown resilience to natural COVID infection, adverse events during clinical trials of mRNA-based COVID vaccines and real-world incidents have called into question the wisdom of vaccinating children.

    Sweden Sees High Case Rates, Low Hospitalization, and Death

    Like other nations in Europe, Sweden’s case rates are climbing even as hospitalization and fatalities attributed to COVID infections have remained manageable. Health policy experts say Omicron’s dominance has changed the contours of the pandemic and shifted it to endemic status.

    Sweden has taken a more conservative stance on vaccination than many Western nations. For example, in October, the Scandinavian nation joined its neighbor Denmark in pausing the use of the Moderna mRNA-based COVID vaccine for young people citing potential cardiovascular side effects.

    Sweden’s Conservative Pandemic Response

    Sweden also declined to close all of its schools during the height of the pandemic and resisted the same sweeping lockdowns imposed by other nations including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Australia.

    Sweden reported that only 101 patients with COVID-19 required intensive care on Thursday, a quarter of the amount the nation reported in spring 2021. Nearly 16,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Sweden since the pandemic started.

    Sweden’s government on Wednesday extended restrictions, which included limited opening hours for restaurants and an attendance cap for indoor venues, for two weeks but said it hoped to remove them on Feb 9.

    Sweden decides against recommending COVID vaccines for kids aged 5-12
    Sweden has decided against recommending COVID vaccines for kids aged 5-11, the Health Agency said on Thursday, arguing that the benefits did not outweigh the…